Ohio – Kevin Martin
3 Seasons – 21.3 PPG, 3.0 REB, 2.5 AST
Ohio has been the hometown of 16 different NBA players that have played for the Rockets, one of the most productive states on the list. None made more of an impact than Zanesville’s Kevin Martin.
Martin was a prolific scorer throughout his NBA career, and that was certainly true during his three years in Houston. Unfortunately, his final season with the Rockets was cut short due to a tear in his right shoulder, allowing him to show up in just 40 games.
Oklahoma – Brent Price
3 Seasons – 6.0 PPG, 1.6 REB, 2.7 AST
There have been four total players from the state of Oklahoma to play for the Houston Rockets, and Brent Price has played in more games for them than the other three combined. Naturally, he’s the right pick here, despite his unimpressive numbers.
Price signed with the Rockets in 1996 and spent three seasons with the franchise. Over his tenure with the team, his biggest contribution was averaging 8.3 points and 3.5 assists over four games played in the 1998-99 NBA playoffs.
Oregon – Terrence Jones
5 Seasons – 10.3 PPG, 5.7 REB, 1.0 AST
Although he attended Kentucky University, Terrence Jones grew up in Portland, Oregon. After being drafted 18th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Rockets, it took Jones a year to earn himself significant playing time in 2013-14.
After the most successful season of his career in 2013-14, injuries hampered his next two years with Houston. The Rockets brought Jones back in February 2019 on a pair of 10-day contracts, but he would hardly see the floor. Jones last saw basketball action in the Philippine Basketball Association.
Pennsylvania – Cuttino Mobley
6 Seasons – 17.1 PPG, 4.0 REB, 2.7 AST
Drafted by the Rockets as the 41st overall pick in 1998, Cuttino Mobley proved to be a hidden gem. Mobley immediately earned the starting point guard role in the lockout-shortened season and proceeded to average 18 points per game over the next five seasons.
Mobley and Steve Francis would form one of the NBA’s best scoring backcourts throughout their time together in the early 2000s. The Philly native had one of the NBA’s better careers for someone that somehow never made an All-Star team.
Honorable mention: Kyle Lowry
Rhode Island – Owen Wells
1 Season – 3.0 PPG, 1.1 REB, 0.7 AST
Another member of the single-entry club, Owen Wells is the only Rhode Island-born player to have ever played for Clutch City. Wells was selected by Houston as the 77th overall pick in 1974.
The Providence-born forward spent the majority of his basketball career playing overseas, with his NBA experience lasting just 33 games over the course of one season with the Rockets.
South Carolina – Jim Barnett
3 Seasons – 13.5 PPG, 4.0 REB, 3.7 AST
Going back to the Rockets’ days in San Diego, Jim Barnett had some impressive seasons with the team from 1967-1970. Born in Greenville, Barnett attended Oregon before being drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1966.
Playing for seven different teams over his 11-year career, his most successful stint was the three seasons he spent with the San Diego Rockets. Barnett is currently the full-time color analyst for the Golden State Warriors.
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